House debates

Tuesday, 14 November 2023

Questions without Notice

Migration: Community Safety

3:08 pm

Photo of Dan TehanDan Tehan (Wannon, Liberal Party, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is to the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs. With 175,000 Australians on a housing waiting list, can the minister confirm how many hardcore criminals have jumped the queue and are being provided taxpayer funded housing or hotel accommodation?

3:09 pm

Photo of Andrew GilesAndrew Giles (Scullin, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs) Share this | | Hansard source

It's clear that the members opposite will play politics with absolutely everything. This is a time when members of this place should come together to respond to the decision and to do our job as lawmakers. I'll just say a few things very quickly about that. We took steps in anticipation of this decision, thinking about all the possible consequences—thinking about all of them: the arrangements that we would make to keep the community safe, which includes taking measures to house people appropriately, particularly the offenders the shadow minister was talking about earlier. He knows better, or he should do.